An early photo of Yr Ysgwrn’s family (Hedd Wyn seen far left on the back row)
A traditional Welsh farmhouse in the heart of Snowdonia National Park will be given a new lease of life as it re-opens to the public in the Spring of 2017.
Yr Ysgwrn has been a place of pilgrimage for nearly a hundred years, and visitors have travelled from far and wide to Trawsfynydd to see the home of the shepherd poet who became the symbol of a generation lost during the First World War.
Hedd Wyn, a renowned local poet died in the battle of Passchendaele in 1917 and following his awarding, posthumously, of the Birkenhead National Eisteddfod chair visitors have been coming to Trawsfynydd to see the infamous Black Chair and visit his family home.
Bought by Snowdonia National Park in 2012, securing the farm and home for the nation, a £3m project is now underway to conserve and enhance the historic site. Vital conservation work is being carried out throughout the working farm to safeguard the iconic farmhouse and outbuildings, develop the gardens and build an innovative agriculture shed for the tenant farmer.
Yr Ysgwrn will be restored and open to the public again in the Spring of 2017 boasting much improved facilities for visitors yet retaining its historic charm and innate quirkiness.
In the farmhouse itself the open fire, traditional Welsh dresser and Eisteddfod chairs will provide a unique experience of a time gone by and an insight into the ways and customs of life in rural Wales. A new welcome centre and cafe will give visitors an opportunity to relax and learn the many stories of Yr Ysgwrn – whilst new car parking and coach facilities, tranquil walks, fantastic views and a warm welcome await all who visit.
For further information about Yr Ysgwrn development and Snowdonia National Park please visit the website or call Jess or Sian on 01766 770274.
Published 7 October 2016